Times-News: Former Judge Expected to Plead Guilty to DUI

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A former Magic Valley judge is expected to plead guilty and be sentenced today in connection with a drunken driving incident in Boise in April.

Boise Police said former 5th District Magistrate Judge Nicole Cannon had a blood-alcohol content nearly three times the legal limit when she was stopped on April 19 near the Riverside Hotel on West Chinden Boulevard. Cannon resigned from the bench in June.

This morning's Twin Falls Times-News reports that a two-day trial for the case, originally scheduled to begin today, was canceled and Cannon's sentencing was scheduled instead for Ada County's 4th District Court.

Cannon, a former Minidoka County prosecuting attorney, was chosen to replace outgoing Judge Howard Smyser in January 2011. She has been practicing law since 1998. At the time of her appointment, her biography read: "[Cannon] specialized in the prosecution of child sexual offenses, drug offenses and DUIs."

The Idaho Code of Judicial Conduct requires judges to "conduct themselves in a manner that does not detract from public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary."

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